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RE: wake for Jerry Williams

>Oh, and the body is supposed to be buried within 24 hours if at all possible
>(though I don't really know the reason why)

This and most other Jewish customs are based on health issues.

Before refrigeration, the longer a body was not buried, the
greater the chance of disease.  Orthodox Jews are sometimes
buried within hours of passing.  Most Jews are buried in a day
or two, rarely more.